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Election 2012 / Senate Races

The 10 Most Contested Senate Campaigns -- PICTURES

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March 8, 2012

With control of the upper chamber at stake, here are some of the most important and competitive Senate races in this campaign.

Retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine has given the GOP a difficult task in retaining her Senate seat.(J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP)

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has a tough challenge in a state that leans toward the Republican Party.(PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP)

Republican Sen. Dean Heller faces a tough campaign to retain the seat previously held by former GOP Sen. John Ensign, who resigned amidst a sex scandal.(HARRY HAMBURG/AP)


Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana will face an uphill battle in his Republican-leaning state.(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)

Republicans have rallied around moderate conservative Scott Brown in his effort to withstand the challenge of Elizabeth Warren for his Senate seat in the traditional Democratic stronghold of Massachusetts.(HARRY HAMBURG/AP)

Democrats fear that Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio could find himself in a tougher-than-expected campaign to retain his seat.(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)


Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is one of many Republicans vying for retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl's seat.(CHARLIE NEIBERGALL/AP)

The retirement Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., has given the GOP an opportunity to claim an additional Senate seat.(DENNIS COOK/AP)

Former GOP Sen. George Allen is facing off in a very competitive race in Virginia against former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine.(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)


Nebraska Treasurer Don Stenberg is one of the GOP candidates competing for retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson's seat.(NATI HARNIK/AP)

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